Knit from your stash 2007

Hey guys - I saw this on a website...

Ivy's blog - had this fantastic post (I am guessing how many of us would even consider doing this!)

here's her entry:

The 2007 Knit From Your Stash Challenge
December 21st, 2006

I know I like challanges, but I think this will be the hardest. Harder than NaNo. Harder than the Knitting Olympics. This is the brainchild of Wendy from Wendy Knits. Her criteria for the challange is here. The basic idea is, don’t buy yarn, knit from stash for 2007. I’m going to be crochetting from stash as well since I mean to crochet more in 2007. Her rules state that the challange is adaptable, so here are mine.

1. The Knit-From-Your-Stash-a-Thon will start January 1, 2007 and run through December 31, 2007.

2. I will not buy any yarn or spinning fiber during that period, with the following exceptions:

2.a. Subscription yarn and fiber doesn’t count. This would mean the sock-of-the-month club, the roving-of-the-month club, the Koigu club, and the fleeces for my adopted sheep are all good to go.

2.b. I can buy yarn to make gifts if I really don’t have anything appropriate in stash or if a specific item is requested that I can’t make from stash.

2.c. If I am making something and run out of yarn, I may purchase enough to complete the project.

2.d. I get three “Get Out of Jail Free” cards – I am allowed to fall off the wagon three times. This number is up from Wendy’s because I’m doing the challange longer and with slightly stricter guidelines concerning sock yarn (it counts as stash) and spinning fiber.

2.e Charity yarn doesn’t count. I can buy yarn or fiber as part of a fundraiser. I can buy yarn to knit for charity if I truly don’t have anything that would satisfy their needs in stash. Go check out this if you want to stash-up on fantastic sock yarn and help a woman in need at the same time.

2.f Non-yarn supplies don’t count. I can buy needles, hooks, beads, books, dyes, patterns, buttons, and anything else that isn’t specifically labelled “yarn” or “spinning fiber”.

2.g I’m allowed to buy that fingering weight angora I’ve been looking for this past year. It’s rare and if I pass up a chance to buy it, I don’t think I’ll get another.

2.h Fiber festivals are considered to be in their own time-space continuum and don’t count.

2.i If I actually (HA!) use up all my stash yarn, the challange is considered finished.

2.j I’m allowed to buy yarn for impomptu knitting groups or to teach knitting if I have no knitting with me at the time. It’s rare I have no knitting with me. The same goes for crochet.

2.k Fellting kits don’t count unless I can get patterns without buying the entire kit.

3. I am allowed to receive gifts of yarn and buy yarn to give as gifts.

4. Trades are allowed.


MMario's picture

ain't no way I'm going on a yarn diet. The heat could fail any minute and I might need my stash to stay warm.

Or a giant wool-eating Space Hamster could attack and I need the stash to prevent him from laying waste to the Finger Lakes.

or most importantly - I might see some yarn I want.

MMario - I don't live in the 21st Century - but I sometimes play a character who does.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

My salts! My salts! Where are my salts?

The very idea has caused dry mouth, an agressive form of Fibre-related Delirium Tremens and . . . . . . .

Oh. Sorry. I just momemtarily blacked out. Here: just let me knit a few rows and I'll be back together again, right as rain.

Yarn Diet. Oh, Gad ........................

~Mike in Tampa (who just a few hours ago addressed the need for yarn to sufficiently 'age'; this scheme runs the risk of premature "birth" to yarn in storage . . . Use Fibre Condoments and stop those unwanted Premies!)
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YarnGuy716's picture

This is the product of a very sick and twisted mind and they must be stopped! Everyone go out and buy some yarn! Alright that is my complusive yarn-whore response.

My response as someone who has a number of friends who own yarn shops. If every knitter actually did this, by next year there would be a serious lack of available yarn shops. Every action has a reaction.

Realistically speaking, knitters will continue to buy yarn no matter what so called challenge one might come up with.

Also, whereas those other challenges caused positive effects on the knitting community and slews of publicity for knitters, I firmly believe this would be a finacial detriment to the knitting world. Sorry, count me and my stash out on this one.

kylewilliam's picture

I totally agree! one of the biggest reasons I buy yarn is the 88 year old lady who owns the shop - she doesn't really need the money, but my buying from her (and redoing her shop, which is my plan this holiday week) makes her happy - and getting to hang out with my friends at the store makes it all worthwhile.... I could never commit to not buying yarn - it's my drug! (my partner's drug is Hot Wheels) - so we both have our vices!



YarnGuy716's picture

LOL sounds like you and your hubby are a perfect match! Out of curiousity I checked out the post on Wendy Knits and she's gotten a bit snarky from the flood of negative feedback she's gotten.

Her defense is "how many knitters really read online blogs?" Well considering the 86yo in our knitting guild who has her own blog with a FAQ section on the questions people ask for the most help on, I would say alot. Guess she might think twice before posting a jesting idea and comparing it to the Yarn Harlot's Knitter's Olympics. Poor thing, she's probably have to knit from stash this year. Her LYS's are gonna have her banned.

MMario's picture

How many knitters read blogs? This coming from a women who has raised over 30,000 dollars from her readers for Heifer project? yeesh!!!!!

MMario - I don't live in the 21st Century - but I sometimes play a character who does.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation